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Almost 2nd SP Anniversary!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

This morning I read a Blog from KARVY09 that she wrote on 5/27. emoticonGod that she wrote it. emoticonthat I read it! I DID thank her too, but started writing, and realized I needed my own here goes!

It's about when the "honeymoon" is over...when the enthusiasm goes and the "everydayness" of this journey sets in. emoticonTho in my case, I'm not even sure I HAD a honeymoon. Oh, yes, I was very enthusiastic about SP for a while. Over the last almost two years that has come and gone, up and down, like a roller coaster. The same as my participation on SP, and in my Teams. Oh, in the whole thing! Today I want to call it "mess!" and be done with it! I am so wanting IT to be over. "IT" being being too fat, overweight, morbidly obese, too heavy to walk five minutes. I want to be emoticonand I want it NOW!

So, what did I do? I spent the past week...NOT tracking, NOT exercising...well, there you go, it's only been FOUR days! It feels like a lifetime! AND, I talked myself into weighing in this morning...and I gained 4 lbs. emoticonof course, to be expected, I guess.

I say "there you go" because I tend to exaggerate the "bad." Four days and four lbs. isn't so much in the big picture...but then I start thinking "why bother?" "It doesn't work anyway!" So, I went back and checked. The biggest improvement, I guess, is that I'm so conscious of my often I eat out, eat fast food, don't exercise. You notice I mention the "No's" not the "yeses". (This would be a good thing to change, my self-talk.)

O.K. so the bottom line is that when I joined SP in July, '09 I weighed 320. Today I weighed in at 334. emoticonNO!

I have to say, during the two years I've fluxuated, even getting down to 315 once! but that's not good enough! I want to be one of those people who have lost 100 lbs., who loses steadily 2 lbs. a week, who consistently exercises every day...and I'm not any of those things...not one. Oh, on occasion, I do have a good day or even couple of days...but I always go back. For me, it's one step ahead...three or four back.

So, I get tired emoticonlike I did this past week, well four I said. Maybe I just need a total meltdown once in a while before I get back on the roller coaster that is my so-called "Journey."

Well, THAT felt good. I feel better now. Maybe I just needed to vent. It's Sunday, and I feel like I can start the week well, with my goals in tact. I went back to January and read my Goals for 2011 and they seem very doable. So, I'm going back to them, back to basics, as it were. emoticon

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CHUBBYVEGAN 5/29/2011 9:41AM

    keep up the good work!

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2011 Yearly Goals

Friday, January 14, 2011

I had meant to do this before now, but...AND I have been thinking about it, but...

So, here goes. First, let me say that it's harder than you'd think because I've started over so many every year, every month, every day! I always have good intentions...that sort of peter out before I've reached my goal. So that now I'm gun shy of making any goals at all. It just doesn't seem to work for me. I've tried long term, streaks, name it. Now, I just get up every day and try my best to make good, healthy choices, don't get down on myself when I don't, and start over again the next day. Of course, I lose weight for a while, then gain it back.

However, in line with the idea of Goals for this year. The big general one is to lose weight. To do that I would like to increase my exercise...make it more consistent to begin with. What's got me revved up right now is "10,000 steps/day." So, that's Goal 1. Right now, I do about 600 steps (dedicated)/day. I figured out that it would take me 50 min. to do 10,000. So, my goal is to increase from the 3 min. I'm doing now to the 50 min. I need. How about I increase by 2 min. per week? That would be 400 steps more per week.

In terms of food...Goal 2 is to eat fast food less. Right now I eat about 5 meals per week. That's almost 1 a day!!! So, I'd like to get down to only 1 a week....say in 5 months.

In the mean time, I'll continue logging on to SP and doing all I do on-line, on Teams, etc. I'm thinking these two goals would improve my life a lot...and give me some confidence to make other goals.

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EMMABE1 1/15/2011 12:03AM

    I'm thinking I agree - there will be huge changes in your life, and those will help motivateyou further.
Fast food - is there a need to eat it - or is it a habit??
If there is a really good reason - then please think carefully about your choices, if its just a habit - then habits can be broken!! It really is possible to live without fast food!!

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October Challenge

Saturday, October 02, 2010

I'm totally enthusiastic about beginning the month and a new Walk Challenge. That always happens at the start of things, so this time I'm planning to make it all the way thru the month. I was totally AWOL in August, and very tentative in September because I was getting back into it (I lost 5 lbs., exercised almost every day and logged in almost every day too).

But getting back to my "high" right now. I'm just feeling so "opened up" for some reason. The good guidelines for losing weight seem to mean something to me, more than just rules. Like, the calorie count of meals is making more of an impression on me and I'm making decisions based on them. And, I've just read someone's Blog and she mentioned being "more active" every day. Well, duh! have I heard that before? Of course! But, right now, it feels like a revelation. It's not just to plan exercise; cardio or strength training...but to DO rather than sleep...which I do with too much regularity. (There's the before lunch nap, after lunch nap, after dinner nap, before evening activities get the picture.)

AND, I just realized that it's the last quarter of the year...and my birthday is coming up (Dec. 24th). So, it's the perfect time to make a longer plan and aim for a big birthday present. I have to focus on the day at a time because, well, I just have to. But wouldn't it be nice to give myself a nice BIG present at the end of the year? So, I'm going to think on it, be realistic and specific...and GO FOR IT!

I love starting new projects!!!


Thank you to SparkPeople for Friendship

Friday, August 06, 2010

emoticon emoticonA Team I'm on asked me to think about what SP has given me in terms of friendship. No problemo! I thought. But the words would not come. It's hard to put into emotional, I guess. So, I found a website (good 'ole internet! LOL) called "" and found some quotes that say it all...well, a lot...for me. This is what being on SP for the past year and having all of you friends has meant to me. I hope you find one that you like to. It's my way of saying emoticonto you all. (Every time you see "friend" read "SparkFriend.")

"A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself." Sent by Lysha

"I get by with a little help from my friends." John Lennon

"A friend is a gift you give yourself." Robert Louis Stevenson (like a Goodie!)

"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." Henry Ford

"Friends are those who norish the spirit." Sent by Chris

"Friends are like pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up and sometimes they lean on you." Sent by Sharon

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TEACHINKIDS2 8/6/2010 7:28PM

    Beautiful quotes! Thanks for sharing...My favorite one of these would be:

"Friends are like pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up and sometimes they lean on you." Sent by Sharon

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MAMOOAUG 8/6/2010 9:03AM

    I love those. Thanks for sharing.

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Last Year vs. This Year

Thursday, July 15, 2010

emoticonThis is a comparison of last year (July, 2009) and this year (June, 2010). I pulled up the calendar from last year so I have the real data. WooHoo! Sooo organized! This really shows my steps forward due to my membership on SparkPeople, goal setting ala SP, the support of SP...LOL...all the fun of getting points on SP. So, here goes:

Cardio: 3x then, 22x now

Strength: 1x then, 16x now

Unhealthy Food in House Routinely: then-diet coke, now-none;
then-t.v. dinners, now-only for emergencies

Kitchen Appliances NEVER Used: then-stove/oven (only used micro wave)
now-both fully broken in and used daily

Logged On to SP: 13x then, 25x now

You don't see a Weight category, as over all my weight has remained the same. I've gotten VERY consistent about water and freggie intake. It's just limiting the calories that eludes me. That's my goal for the coming year: the stay within my calorie allowance.

So, there you have it. My progress in a nutshell. A few words (it seems so little, laid out like this -LOL) and it's a whole lifetime for the last year! My life has changed. I eat differently! I exercise! I think differently! I Sparkle! emoticon

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YELLOW09RED 7/15/2010 4:41PM

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I hope your next year is just as healthy as this past year.
It is great to be apart of this group.
I pray you always find encouragement here with your Spark Friends.

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